My current research projects cohere around a core focus on the intersections of race and gender with the purpose of advancing the arc of social justice. I am co-editing a special topic issue of American Literature on the “Plantation, the Post-Plantation, and the Afterlives of Slavery” and writing an essay on the film Imitation of Life (1959, dir. Douglas Sirk), provisionally titled “White Glitter, Black Matter.” I am also completing an essay on increasing access to global service learning courses for underrepresented students. Having led three groups of students on service learning trips to the Caribbean, I want to make these courses more accessible to students of color and first generation college students. I am honored to have received the Eberly College Outstanding Teacher award and the Bordinat Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (English) in 2017-2018.
- Race and Black Studies
- Postcolonial and Caribbean Studies
- Gender and Sexuality
- American Studies
- Film and Visual Studies
Taboo Subjects: Race, Sex, and Psychoanalysis. University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
- “Lòt bò dlo and the Spatial Relations of Dyaspora.” Narrating History, Home, and Nation: Critical Essays on Edwidge Danticat. Ed. Maia Butler, Megan Feifer, and Joanna Davis-McElligatt (UP of Mississippi, under contract).
- “Danticat’s Vodou Vernacular of Women’s Human Rights.” American Literary History, 29.3 (2017): 521-545.
- “Zoning in on the American Tropics.” American Literary History 27.4 (2015): 831-842.
- “Veiled Motives: Women’s Liberation and the War in Afghanistan.” Globalizing Afghanistan: Terrorism, War, and the Rhetoric of Nation Building. Ed. David Jefferess and Zubeda Jalalzai. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. 95-116.
- “Black Children, White Preference: Brown v. Board, the Doll Tests, and the Politics of Self-Esteem” American Quarterly 61.2 (June 2009): 299-332
- “Politics and Pathologies,” Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives, ed. A. Allessandrini, Routledge, 1999.
- “Myths of the Masculine Subject: Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Douglass’s 1845 Narrative,” The Psychoanalysis of Race, ed. Christopher Lane, Columbia UP, 1998.
- “Who is that Masked Women? Or, the Role of Gender in Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks,” PMLA 110.1 (1995): 75-88.